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When is the right time to start planning for retirement?

Kevin, 29 years, a client servicing executive working with an Ad agency has been living in Delhi for the last 8 years. His dreams have come true as he bought a car 2 years back and is now planning to buy an apartment next year using the bonus that he will be getting. He and his wife go for one holiday outside India every year coupled with 2-3 domestic holidays. He had taken a personal loan for his wedding.

Majority of his monthly earnings go towards monthly living expenses, EMI for car loan& personal loan, credit card bills and occasional partying. For the purpose of tax savings, he has bought life insurance policies and a health insurance plan. The only form of savings for the specific purpose of retirement is done through EPF. But while switching jobs, he has withdrawn the EPF accumulated during the previous stint to pay up for the down payment of the car and rental advance for the house he is living in.

He chooses to withdraw from EPF, citing the reason as “I have a long way to go for retirement, let me utilize this fund for something more important now”.

This is what most of us choose to do. PF corpus, which is meant for retirement is withdrawn for various reasons like buying a primary house, clearing up credit card/ personal loan dues, foreign travel, buying car etc. The strong belief is, “I’m young and I have a long way to go for retirement. Let me plan for it when I start earning more”

This brings us to the most important question, “When is the right time to start planning for retirement?”

While we keep postponing the plan for retirement, what we tend to ignore is inflation. As discussed in the previous topic, the average inflation(WPI) over the last 35 years in India has been 7.57%. But our lifestyle inflation that includes education, entertainment, travel, electronic gadgets etc. is believed to be far higher. Keeping this in mind, it is wise for us to infer that when we retire, we will need a much bigger corpus to sustain the same standard of living and yet cope with inflation.

If you are spending Rs. 30,000/- when you are 30 years old……..when you turn 60, you would need Rs. 172,000/- to maintain the same standard of living @ 6% inflation.

To manage a retirement life of 25 years with out any income, you would approximately need Rs 3.72 crs when you turn 60 years.

Impact of Inflation on our future expenditure at the time of retirement(Amount in INR)

(Inflation rate assumed @ 6% p.a.)

Illustration disclaimer: The above example is only for illustration purposes & shall not be construed as indicative yields/returns of any of the Schemes of CanaraRobeco Mutual Fund.

Once an individual retires, the corpus accumulated for the purpose of retirement needs to be invested in a place where it generates regular income on a monthly basis. The objective of such an investment corpus is very clear - regular income generation and capital protection.

Withdrawal for 25 years starting at the age of 60 years (withdrawal for 300 months, Amount in INR)

Illustration disclaimer: The above example is only for illustration purposes & shall not be construed as indicative yields/returns of any of the Schemes of CanaraRobeco Mutual Fund.

For an individual who is 50 years old, target to accumulate 2.32 Crores in 10 years is quite an uphill task, if he doesn’t have existing corpus already built up. For a person who is 30 years old, building a corpus of 3.72 crores over 30 years shouldn’t be too difficult provided he is a disciplined investor and invests regularly.

Illustration disclaimer: The above example is only for illustration purposes & shall not be construed as indicative yields/returns of any of the Schemes of CanaraRobeco Mutual Fund.

The day first salary/income is earned by an individual is the day one should start saving up for retirement. The corpus earmarked for retirement (likes of PF, PPF etc.) shouldn’t be withdrawn prematurely and should be utilized only for the purpose of building a retirement corpus.

The day first salary/income is earned by an individual is the day one should start saving up for retirement. The corpus earmarked for retirement (likes of PF, PPF etc.) shouldn’t be withdrawn prematurely and should be utilized only for the purpose of building a retirement corpus.

Disclaimer: Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.



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